In all likelihood, your oven has done double duty over the holiday season, making now the perfect time to clean it up for the coming year. The oven in your home is easy to forget until it comes time to cook in it again. After all, the door keeps any messes hidden until you open the door and see the grease and spills resulting from all those delicious meals you’ve prepared. Of course, once you turn it on, the smoke and smell from a dirty oven can be awful, lingering for days at a time. On top of all that, the grime inside your oven can make your food taste less than delicious too. In addition, your dirty oven simply can’t perform optimally, and the buildup inside can be a fire hazard if left unattended.
In order to avoid all the negatives which result from a dirty oven, let’s get your oven clean and operating at peak efficiency for the months ahead.
Wipe it Down
While it is easy to close the door on a dirty oven and forget about it until it is needed again, the best approach is to clean up every time there is a spill, splash, or splatter inside or out. Though you may only use your oven once a day or possibly less, the time to clean a spill is when it happens. If somehow you miss it then, clean it up when you do notice it. A regular wipe down keeps spills and splatters from building up as grime and gunk. The longer you allow accidental spills or overflowing liquids to bake on, the more difficult it will be to clean, so always wipe your oven clean of spills when you see them happen.
Interior Oven Cleaning
Wiping up any messes that happen with a damp cloth when they occur is the ideal way to keep your oven’s interior clean. If something does run over while baking, try the table salt hack to clean it up. Simply cover the spill with table salt, and it will easily wipe clean when the oven cool’s down. Most ovens today have a self-cleaning cycle which will help you get the entire oven sparkling clean inside, especially if you have lots of built on grease and grime.
Cleaning your oven racks is easy when you take them out. You’ll also get a more thorough cleaning. Make sure your racks are completely cool before you remove them from your oven. Now fill your kitchen sink with warm, soapy water and place your oven racks inside. After soaking the racks for a bit, scrub away the baked-on gunk and grime with a non-abrasive scouring pad. Once they are cleaned to your satisfaction, rinse and dry them thoroughly before sliding them back into your clean oven.
The Oven Door
As the part of your oven most exposed, the door can be cleaned by wiping, just as you would any other appliance’s exterior in your kitchen whether stainless or galvanized steel. The oven door’s glass inserts can be wiped with a multi-purpose cleaner and a non-abrasive scrubbing pad, then rinsed clean with a cloth or sponge to dry.
All clean now, your oven is ready to bake your way into the New Year.
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